Iain Riggs Bro­ken­wood Wines Hunter Val­ley, NSW

Halliday - - Chardonnay -

It’s very hard to de­scribe a wine that has ‘pres­ence’, but that’s where we’re head­ing. It’s a com­bi­na­tion of aroma and flavour lay­ers that meld to­gether in such a way that rather than think­ing about the oak or the mal­o­lac­tic fer­men­ta­tion, it is sim­ply the great­est wine you’ve ever tasted. We’re def­i­nitely ben­e­fit­ing from vine age. A num­ber of great sites were planted in the ’90s, but only now are they just hit­ting their straps. Our Beech­worth prop­erty is a case in point. And wine­mak­ers are more sub­tle in their han­dling of the wine. In the ’80s and

’90s we had no idea about ‘pres­ence’, we re­lied on al­co­hol, oak, tan­nin and acid either sin­gu­larly or, of­ten the case, all at once to de­fine a wine.

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